DH_CLEAN(1)                       Debhelper                      DH_CLEAN(1)

NAME         top

       dh_clean - clean up package build directories

SYNOPSIS         top

       dh_clean [debhelper options] [-k] [-d] [-Xitem] [path ...]

DESCRIPTION         top

       dh_clean is a debhelper program that is responsible for cleaning up
       after a package is built. It removes the package build directories,
       and removes some other files including debian/files, and any detritus
       left behind by other debhelper commands. It also removes common files
       that should not appear in a Debian diff:
         #*# *~ DEADJOE *.orig *.rej *.SUMS TAGS .deps/* *.P *-stamp

       It does not run "make clean" to clean up after the build process. Use
       dh_auto_clean(1) to do things like that.

       dh_clean should be the last debhelper command run in the clean target
       in debian/rules.

FILES         top

           Can list other paths to be removed.

           Note that directories listed in this file must end with a
           trailing slash.  Any content in these directories will be removed
           as well.

OPTIONS         top

       -k, --keep
           This is deprecated, use dh_prep(1) instead.

           The option is removed in compat 12.

       -d, --dirs-only
           Only clean the package build directories, do not clean up any
           other files at all.

       -Xitem --exclude=item
           Exclude files that contain item anywhere in their filename from
           being deleted, even if they would normally be deleted. You may
           use this option multiple times to build up a list of things to

       path ...
           Delete these paths too.

           Note that directories passed as arguments must end with a
           trailing slash.  Any content in these directories will be removed
           as well.

SEE ALSO         top


       This program is a part of debhelper.

AUTHOR         top

       Joey Hess <>

COLOPHON         top

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11.1.4                           2018-01-23                      DH_CLEAN(1)